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The Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Spanish Mood

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Abstract

This study provides a consistent description and explanation of the syntax, the semantics and the pragmatics of Spanish mood. <br />A major focus of attention is the central role of the truthfunctional categories of <i>realis, potentialis</i> and <i>irrealis</i> as parameters relevant to mood selection in both subordinate and non-subordinate clauses. Furthermore, a proposal is offered for a new typology of clause-embedding predicates. The framework chosen stems from the insight that complement-taking predicates share the property of providing information on the set of mental processes which characterize intentional human behavior. <br />At the level of pragmatic analysis, mood selection is examined from a variety of angles. Thus, specific research is conducted within the framework of speech act theory, relevance theory, politeness theory and the theory of Gricean maxims.

Subjects: Pragmatics; Romance linguistics; Semantics; Syntax

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